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and disappearances during decades of civil war there with the tamil tiger rebels. the 47-member united nations human rights council adopted a resolution on violations in sri lanka with 25 nations in favor, and 13 against. such resolutions are not binding, but the scrutiny by the unhcr maintains pressure on the sri lankan government to prosecute crimes committed in the conflict. >> what we are hoping for is a domestic credible independent investigation that satisfies the people of sri lanka. that has not happened to date. that's what's being called for this year. >> meanwhile, sri lanka has rejected the united states-led pressure as highly intrusive. >> what is important is that we have made it very clear that we are committed to moving further forward. we will, of course, continue to update our friends in the focus being made. >> the u.n. has said tens of thousands of civilians were killed in the final months of the war. the conflict lasted more than 20 years and ended in 2009. >>> japanese government officials are moving ahead with plans to relocate a military base. they formally complied for permi
continues, especially in the capital of damascus which is 18 battleground of the country's a civil war. >> the un is pulling half of its 100-member stepped out of that city as the violence increases. >> rebels have been firing mortars right into the heart of damascus. forces hit back, attacking rebel-held areas. so far, the government has held control of central damascus but the capital is now beginning to see the violence that has laid waste to other parts of syria. in the east of the country, the opposition had a setback. the founder of the free syrian army narrowly survived in suspected assassination attempt. he is being transferred to turkey for treatment. off the battlefield, the syrian opposition is being pulled apart by deep political provisions. the head of the coalition resigned on sunday, apparently frustrated by internal power struggles. the recently elected prime minister lacks unanimous backing from within the opposition ranks. these developments are being watched with concern abroad. >> on the one hand, we hope that the opposition pulls together again because any division
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